Chilliwack students help build a school in Kenya

Mt. Slesse middle school students spent 11 days helping an impoverished community in Kenya build a new school.

A group of Chilliwack students from Mt. Slesse middle school experienced Kenya to the fullest this March.

A team of 18 students and teacher chaperones spent 11 days in Maasai Mara, Kenya helping an impoverished community build a new school through the Me to We program.

For teacher Sandi Rae, it was one of the most rewarding experiences she’s had as a teacher.

“This trip was the most meaningful activity I have ever done and I have done so many different trips and conferences with my students over the years,” she said.

“It was amazing to see what Free the Children has been able to build in the 10 years [it’s] been in Kenya.”

This was the first trip of its kind for Chilliwack school district, sending students to a third-world country. Mt. Slesse hopes it won’t be the last.

The school has already submitted a proposal for a follow-up Me to We trip for 2016. The destination: Nicaragua.

“It is the country with the most need,” said Rae. “It will be interesting to see a country in the infancy of the adopt a village model.”

Me to We is an organization, founded by Canadian brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger, that works to empower change, helping people make a direct, positive social and or environmental impact on the world. Me to We is under the umbrella of Free The Children that hosts the annual We Day event in Vancouver.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Incident along train tracks shuts down Eagle Landing Parkway for several hours

The Chilliwack Progress has reached out to RCMP for further details

VIDEO: Fire destroys Chilliwack home on Bearstone Place

RCMP comfirm everyone got out of the house safely during Saturday morning fire

PHOTOS: Sasquatch Days about ‘being proud of being Sts’ailes’

The joint event between Harrison and Sts’ailes returned to the village for its eighth year

UPDATE: Highway 1 reopened after crash near Prest Road

The early morning incident involved a semi and a flagging truck

Three Albertans land ‘monster’ sturgeon in Fraser River

For angler who landed the exceptionally large sturgeon it was an ‘incredible dream come true’

VIDEO: First Nations, developer call for return and protection of sacred B.C. burial site

Dozens of First Nations leaders gather on grassy plateau to call on action by provincial government

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

Teen stabbed after end-of-night limo dispute in downtown Vancouver

A young man, 19, is in serious condition following a dispute between two groups

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

LETTER: British Columbia’s forest industry crisis being made worse

Andrew Wilkinson warns of regulatory overload by John Horgan’s NDP

Convicted B.C. child abductor Randall Hopley back in custody 6 months after release

Correctional Services Canada could not provide further details due to privacy concerns

Most Read